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National museum shows range of special exhibits

DIVERSE:The National Taiwan Museum features an exhibit on historic archives on the Taiwan Provincial Assembly, as well as an exhibition on Islamic culture

By Jason Pan  /  Staff writer

People looking for an enjoyable educational experience should visit the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei, a museum official said.

The museum currently features six special exhibitions, focused on ecology and wildlife, the history of the Taiwan Provincial Assembly, and Muslim culture and religion.

All exhibitions are suitable for the whole family to spend a morning or afternoon gaining new insights, the museum said.

Four of the special exhibitions are about wildlife, ecology and the natural environment, including “The Magic of Plants,” which opened on Thursday last week, and “The Brave Fighter — Formosan Clouded Leopard,” about Taiwan’s endemic animal which is feared to have been hunted to extinction.

“Six precious specimens of the extinct Formosan Clouded Leopard are on display, including two adults, one adolescent, two cubs and a fetus ... Taiwan’s Aborigines used to use the animal’s teeth as accessories, and its pelt as clothing. Some Aboriginal tribes worshiped the animal as their ancestor or a god,” the museum said.

There is also an exhibition titled “The Crabs,” which is to run to June 15, and “Amber: The Time Capsule,” which will wrap up next month after a year-long run.

A recent launch is the “Historic Archives Exhibition of the Taiwan Provincial Assembly,” co-organized by the museum and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Taiwan Provincial Consultative Council (TPCC).

TPCC spokesperson Lee Yuan-chuan (李源泉) said the special event is historically significant because it documents some of Taiwan’s most important modern-era political chapters.

“The files on display include documentation on the first democratic election in Taiwan, the establishment of the provincial assembly, implementation of land reforms and other developments,” Lee said.

Another special exhibition on “Islamic Life and Culture” is on museum’s third floor, with a five-month duration until June 22.

“This exhibition will give visitors an insight into Islamic culture from an international perspective, and promote international cultural exchanges,” the museum said.

Established in 1908 during the Japanese colonial period, the museum is the oldest in Taiwan.

The museum building was designed by Japanese architect Ichiro Nomura, in the European Renaissance style and is near NTU Hospital MRT Station.

For more exhibition information, visit formosa.ntm.gov.tw/web/en/exhibition.aspx

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